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Know your neighbor — Kasie Beth Brown

Kasie Beth Brown recently celebrated her first wedding anniversary with her husband David and their kids.

“No human kids, but five furry kids,” she said when asked about children. “Three dogs — Beau, Cooper and Gertrude — and two goats, Señor Pablo and Sir Ferdinand.”

Brown, the children’s librarian at the Brookhaven Public Library, met her husband through a mutual friend. They live in her hometown of McComb, where the 30-year-old is a nursery volunteer at Centenary United Methodist Church.

Reading for this librarian is her favorite hobby, of course, but she is venturing out into soap-making as well.

“I’m hoping to learn how to sew in the next few months,” she said.

Christmas is a big time for traditions in her family.

“Every year my family watches ‘Christmas Vacation’ together, usually the weekend after Thanksgiving,” she said. “I don’t know when we started that tradition, but I know we’ve done it for at least 15 years and sadly, it never gets old. We even have the moose cups that we drink eggnog out of and a replica advent house from the movie. We may be obsessed.”

Brown surrounds herself with books, but music plays a large role in her life.

“I listen to music while getting ready in the morning, while running, when I need to focus at work, and when cooking supper and any other time in between when I can,” she said. “It’s my happy place.”

Brown’s smile is contagious when she’s helping children find that perfect book on the many shelves surrounding her desk at the library. She also brings smiles to the adult patrons and her co-workers.

“I’d like to think I’m generally a thoughtful person,” she said. “I was taught from a young age to treat others the way you want to be treated. Everyone has a bad day now and then and I’d like to be the person who is the ray of sunshine on another person’s dreary day, and I hope someone else wishes to be the same for me.”

She and her husband love to travel, so if she could have any superpower, it would be the ability to transport anywhere in the world in just seconds.

“There’s so many wonderful places — Australia, Tokyo, Italy, Fiji, etc. — and so little time to make it happen,” she said.

Kasie Beth Brown